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What Is Didanosine Used For?

Didanosine is used to treat HIV and AIDS. The medication has been approved for use in treating adults and children as young as two weeks old. Didanosine is not a cure for HIV or AIDS, but it can stop the HIV virus from multiplying and destroying healthy cells. Off-label didanosine uses include preventing HIV infection in people who have been exposed to the HIV virus.

What Is Didanosine Used For?

Didanosine (Videx®) is a prescription medicine used to treat AIDS and HIV. It is part of a group of medications known as nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (also known as NRTIs).
 
Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (commonly known as AIDS) was initially reported in the United States in 1981. Since then, it has become a significant, worldwide epidemic. AIDS is caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Initially, the HIV infection does not usually cause any obvious symptoms (see HIV Symptoms). However, by killing or damaging cells of the body's immune system, HIV will eventually begin to progressively destroy the body's ability to fight infections and certain cancers (see AIDS Symptoms).
 
HIV is commonly spread through sexual contact with an infected partner. HIV transmission also happens through contact with infected blood, which frequently occurs among IV drug users (who share needles or syringes contaminated with blood from someone infected with the virus). Women with HIV can transmit the virus to their babies during pregnancy, birth, or breastfeeding.
 
Didanosine is not a cure for HIV or AIDS (in fact, there is no known cure for HIV or AIDS at this time). Also, didanosine is not intended to be used alone. Instead, it is used as part of an HIV "cocktail." These cocktails usually consist of three or four (or sometimes even five) different HIV medications (technically known as Highly Active Anti-Retroviral Therapy, or HAART). Using a combination of medications helps to prevent the virus from becoming resistant to one or more of the drugs.
 

Didanosine -- HIV Drug Information

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